verb[with object] formal
(Of a cell or organism) excrete (waste matter): animals that feed near the surface will egest material at depth
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- We can deduce that the cyprinids in this study egest and excrete nutrients at a ratio close to 15.
- All we need to do is have her ingest at one end what she egests from the other end.
- It egests distinct fecal pellets that are long rods and are placed, by the worm, in a pile on the sediment surface.
late Middle English (as egestion): from Latin egest-, from the verb egerere 'expel', from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + gerere 'bear, carry'.
- More example sentences
- While diets may be identical - fish, essentially - the timing of ingestion affects the state of digestion that, in turn, dictates the incidence of egestion.
- Mucus losses are also a factor in metabolic faecal loss, i.e., the loss of endogenous matter (including cell debris and protein secretions) that accompanies post-ingestive selection and the egestion of true faeces.
- Post-ingestive processes include further particle sorting, digestion, absorption and egestion of true faeces.